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1.     Why is tennis scored using such an unusual system?


Unlike football, rugby, cricket, and – well, just about every other mainstream sport – tennis uses an unusual scoring system that resembles a clock face more than it does a normal numerical pattern.


Like you might expect, tennis scoring is based on a clock face. Historians believe that early tennis games were played using a clock to keep track of the score, with 45 – an original score – switched to 40 to prevent one-point victories.


2.     How much money do tennis players earn?


Not all tennis players are wealthy, but the best typically are. The singles champion at Wimbledon – one of the tennis world’s most prestigious tournaments – is awarded a cash prize of £1,600,000 – certainly not a bad paycheque.


Like most other sports stars, most tennis champions earn the bulk of their income in the form of product endorsements and sponsorships. Swiss player Roger Federer is worth an estimated $180 million – a net worth earned mainly from endorsements.


3.     How old is tennis, and how was it invented?


Historians aren’t certain how tennis began, but they’re reasonably certain of its time and place. Tennis is believed to have originated in France during the 12th century as a party game in which players struck the ball with their hands.


Competitive tennis is widely believed to have started with Wimbledon – the famous English tennis club founded in 1877. Many of the rules of modern tennis first came into play during the first Wimbledon tournament.


4.     Why do tennis players grunt during the game?


Tennis players grunt for two reasons: to let out air, and to distract (and hopefully frustrate) their opponents. Some players lean more to one side – distraction over exertion – while others might lean to the other.


Grunting can catch an opponent off-guard, particularly when it comes as a surprise and shocks the other player. In most cases, however, grunting is a purely practical part of the game employed by players that put serious strength into their shots.


5.     Why do tennis players check the ball for damage?


When tennis balls are travelling at well over 60 miles per hour, even a slight scratch or scuff can result in unpredictable behaviour. Because of this, players check the ball prior to every serve to ensure that it won’t spin or curve unnaturally in play.